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Hackers targeted 21 states' election systems last year

The Department of Homeland Security told election officials in 21 states Friday their election systems were hacked in September of 2016, per the AP.

Data: AP reports, Department of Homeland Security; Cartogram: Axios Visuals via Associated Press. Data as of Sept. 22, 6pm.

  • Government officials told the AP they believe the hackers were Russian agents.
  • In most cases the systems were not breached.
  • Most of the states heard Friday for the first time of this hacking.

Why it matters: That's direct confirmation from the government that it believes Russian agents tried to hack the election.

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